As a parent, it’s not exactly easy wading through the educational titles in the App Store. Sprinkled among the numerous games masquerading as educational, there is the occasional gem like the recently released Pancake Pandemonium.
If the title didn’t tell you, this app is made for kids 3-8 years old and a lot of fun. It tells the story of 8-year-old Polly, who not surprisingly, is obsessed with pancakes. Her mother doesn’t have time to cook her favorite food, so Polly dreams up a scheme for an endless supply of pancakes. But things don’t exactly go according to plan.
The 24 pages of the story are beautifully drawn and have lots of fun rhyming words. On each page, there is at least some type of interactive element. My daughter enjoyed cleaning up the food in a messy kitchen and touching the mean-looking dragon the most.
Even though, for some odd reason, my daughter actually dislikes pancakes, I enjoyed that Pancake Pandemonium made clear that it takes things like milk, flour, and eggs for the food to be possible.
Along with the option to read the book yourself, there is the choice of having an adult or child’s voice narrate the tale.
Here’s a quick video of the app. Click here if you can’t see it.
A word of warning, though. Since the developer, Digital Leaf, is based in the U.K., I did have to explain to my daughter exactly what a “mum” and “litre” were and why Polly wanted to drink tea with her pancakes.
Pancake Pandemonium is a universal app made for both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. It can be downloaded in the App Store for $4.99.
While it’s a nice bonus to work on the iPhone, the story definitely looks better on the bigger screen of the iPad with its Retina quality graphics.
If you’re looking for a similar app, I can also highly recommend the Rinky Dinky Rhyme Book that I explored last week.